Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Make sure you are registered to vote
A campaign has begun to encourage voters in West Lancashire to register ahead of the Parliamentary General Election and Local Elections on 7 May 2015. You can’t vote if you aren’t registered by 20 April!
As a national advertising campaign is launched by the Electoral Commission to encourage voter registration ahead of the General Election and Local Elections, West Lancashire Borough Council is encouraging people to register by visiting register to vote (external link).
On Thursday 7 May voters all over the country will go to the polls in the Parliamentary General Election. There are also Local Elections in some wards.The Electoral Commission has launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by April 20. West Lancashire Borough Council is running a number of activities to encourage residents to register. These include sending letters to every home in West Lancashire with a list of who is registered to vote at that property. The letters also give details of how to register if someone’s name is not on that list.
Council staff have also visited Edge Hill University and West Lancashire College to encourage students to register. Those who reach the age of 18 on or before Thursday 7 May can vote in the elections, but must be on the register.
For more information on elections and registering to vote you can also visit our election pages.
Gill Rowe, Returning Officer for West Lancashire, said: “Time is running short to make sure you can take part in the elections, so I’d encourage everyone in West Lancashire to take action now if they aren’t registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by 20 April. It’s easy to do and only take a few minutes online at register to vote (external link).
If you’re not sure whether you are on the register please check’.
Residents can check whether they’re registered to vote by calling 01695 585014.
Recent research conducted by YouGov for the Electoral Commission found that:
- 21% of people who rent privately think they’re automatically registered to vote if they pay council tax
- 40% of those surveyed think it is not possible to register to vote online in England, Scotland and Wales.
- 69% do not know that the deadline to register to vote, with 13% thinking it is already too late to register. When given a choice of five options only 32% correctly identified the deadline as 20 April.